Not of This World

What is this truth that Jesus says he is testifying to?
The truth that God is love.
The truth is God is nonviolent
The truth is that God's idea of power and Empire's idea of power are probably two different things.

Temptations

We have encountered God in the wilderness and we have been transformed. We find ourselves in the desert, confronted with questions, challenges too big for us to bear, but we are not alone. Let’s remember that in the desert of our lives, that it is God that bears us up…

Patience - Fruit of the Spirit

Patience – Fruit of the Spirit

This is Rita Marquez’ sermon from Sunday, March 4, 2017.

The scripture is Galatians 5:22-26. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

You can find both The New Revised Standard Version and The Message  here.

Drop the Rock

“Out there” is unpredictable. “Out there” has sadness, and wars, and sickness, grief, loss, injustice.  There is likely some danger involved. But we follow a dangerous God, a God who calls us to radical love and radical hospitality. And that can be dangerous.

#Resist

In the directions to turn the other cheek and to give both our coats and to walk the extra mile, Jesus is providing an opportunity for the oppressor to see the error of her ways (or the errors in the systems) and to reject them – to repent, to turn around.  And by telling us to love our enemies and pray for those we are angry with (or afraid of, or hurt buy), Jesus is also giving US a chance to turn around. To change direction.